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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A view of the fed's balance sheet

The feds balance sheet has changed considerably since 2008.  We hear about the fed adding to its balance sheet all the time, but until you actually look at it, it is hard to envision how many changes have been made and the new power the fed has added to itself.  In an article by Catherine Rampell, she makes the point that the heavy navy blue area and the purple area above it (which looks like the magma layer under the earths crust) is Mortgage backed securities and agency debt.   This chart depicts the amount of changes the fed has undertaken since 2008.  [ read more... ]

Also Take note in the chart below the amount of lending to financial institutions and Fed Agency Debt Mortgage-backed Securities. Significant changes since 2007 and before.

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